Winners Announced for 2018 Vanceva® World of Color Awards™

Winners Announced for 2018 Vanceva® World of Color Awards™
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Date: 26 July 2018

Architects Recognized for Creative Use of Color and Glass in Design Projects

Eastman, manufacturer of the Vanceva® Color System for laminated glass, has announced two winners (interior and exterior) and four honorable mentions for this year’s World of Color Awards (WOCA). This semi-annual international design competition honors architects, interior designers, glass fabricators, artists, and other professionals for their innovative and significant use of colored laminated safety glass in exterior building design and interior spaces.

“We had more than 50 entries from every corner of the globe this year,” said Doug Marren, Global Marketing Communications Manager Advanced Interlayers for the Vanceva Color System. “We’re always impressed by the creative ways architects use Vanceva color interlayers to create landmark buildings, special effects and moods in interiors, and even in wayfinding.” 

Photographs of the winning projects and the awards will be showcased at Eastman’s exhibit booth, located in Hall 11 - A42, at Glasstec 2018 Trade Fair, the world’s largest international glass trade show running October 23-26 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The winners will also be presented their awards during the event.

An international jury of five celebrated industry professionals reviewed submissions and the following awards were presented:


EXTERIOR Division Winner:   Prinses Maxima Clinic voor Kinderoncologie, Center for Pediatric Oncology, Utrecht, The Netherlands


Glass Laminator:

LIAG Architecten en Bouwadviseurs faced the challenge of connecting Wilhelmina children’s hospital to the pediatric oncology clinic at the newly built Princess Maxima Center with a stunning pedestrian bridge of brightly colored glass. Thiele Glas Werk GmbH provided approximately 650 pieces of colorful glass in various combinations of 15 different Vanceva colored films for use on the bridge’s glass surface.

“This project achieves a wonderful fusion of color and light to positively impact the lives of children and families undergoing the most difficult of challenges,” says WOCA Juror, Rafael Viñoly-Menendez.


INTERIOR Division Winner:  Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America


Glass Laminator:

Jacoby Architects used contrasting key navigational points with the pops of red colored glass to help low-vision children and the general public find their way through the education center. The intent for the building design was to create a space that was as visually appealing as it was functional. Vanceva laminated glass did exactly that.


Honorable Mention, NA:  PZ Vapor Trail Experience, Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States of America

Architect(s)/Firm(s): in collaboration with

Glass Laminator:

For this interactive, self-powered 40,000-square-foot lighted outdoor footpath, architects and researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in collaboration with Formations Studio combined high performance concrete tiles with custom electronics and approximately 600 load-bearing Vanceva glass tiles. When energized, the system allows visitors to see visualizations of space exploration, energy, and sustainability.


Honorable Mention, LA:  A.J. Fitness, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Architect(s)/Firm(s):  Carlos Enamorado - Hector Larios

Glass Laminator:

Architect Carlos Enamorado used vibrant red, orange, yellow, and blue glass to energize the workout space at A.J. Fitness. Glazing installer Vitroaluminio Honduras supplied 86.8m2 for the façade, 71.39m2 of glass for the balcony railing surrounding the roof-level outdoor track, and another 139.74m2 for the color cube covering the stairwell.


Honorable Mention, AP:  Rainbow Glass Cliff, East Lake Harbor Canyon, Beijing, China

Architect(s)/Firm(s):  Beijing Xinmei

Glass Laminator:  Beijing Guanhua East

Architectural firm Beijing Xinmei delivered their interpretation of one of nature’s most beautiful creations — the rainbow — using Vanceva interlayers to build a glass balcony spanning a cliff at Beijing’s East Lake Harbor Canyon. No matter the time of day, type of weather or viewing location, the natural lighting passing through the colored panes makes Rainbow Glass Cliff a magnificent sight to see.


Honorable Mention, EMEA:  Computer Science Building, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland


Glass Laminator:

The original 1970 concrete cladding of the Bernard Crossland Building was stripped away to make room for a link bridge connecting buildings at 14 and 16 Malone Road. Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects Vanceva laminate fins to visually create digital code on the façade while continuing the theme inside with brightly hued balustrades for balconies and stairs.


This year’s jury panelists were:


The Vanceva Color System offers architects and designers unparalleled creative freedom to incorporate color into glass and glazing systems using tinted interlayers, which are laminated between two pieces of glass. Combining 16 laminates in up to four layers produces more than 17,000 transparent, translucent and solid glass colors. Vanceva color interlayers also offer all the benefits of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayers for laminated safety glass, including security, solar control, sound insulation, and UV protection.

Saflex® and Vanceva® brand PVB interlayers are the most trusted name in PVB interlayer technology for laminated glazing, delivering outstanding performance and durability, backed by reliable and knowledgeable service. As a result, they are found in nearly 40 percent of laminated architectural and automotive glass worldwide. 


All 2018 WOCA entries can be viewed online at


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Notes to Editor:

Vanceva®, Saflex® and World of Color Awards ™ and all other trademarks listed below are trademarks of Eastman and/or its affiliates.  Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2016 revenues of approximately $9.0 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit


Media Contact:  Janet Ryan, +1 314-822-8860 | +1 314-614-7408 |

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